The recent upsurge in asylum seekers is only a fraction of the 1,643,679 people who sought asylum in fiscal year 2000 without the US sinking under the weight.
As PM Jacinda Ardern said yesterday, targets alone are not enough.
Once every decade, the Kurds flicker across the Western world’s radar, usually in the role of victims.
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
Shane Jones has made it clear that he’s going to be saying really, really loudly what he and Winston and the rest of the NZF crew are doing.
Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.
Trump has welshed on the Manus deal to Australia… On the weekend, Turnbull humiliated Jacinda Ardern in turn, by once again rejecting New Zealand’s offer.
For some people, words like ‘tax’ and ‘regulation’ and ‘government intervention’ are fighting talk.
As NZ has woken from its nine-year slumber to confront National’s dire legacy of social and economic neglect, the changes are going to be extensive.
So far, Labour’s tax plans have been treated like an incoming hurricane in the Caribbean – how big will it be, what path it take through the economy, how much damage will it do?
One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “ Now, what?”
Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Peter Dunne under a bus.
So the political career of Metiria Turei is, in effect, now over. It goes to show the double standard in politics is alive and well.
Early days yet, but the National Party seems to be having trouble in finding a credible line of attack on Jacinda Ardern.
A lot more than a change of leader is required, longer term. That will have to wait until next year, and beyond.
To realistically hope to form a government, Labour needs to be punching around 30% at least, yet that figure looks like a truly distant hope.
It’s about time we cut the crap about Jacinda Ardern being only a show pony.
Now Labour has got a Jacinda Arden – young, smart, compassionate, politically and media adept – what on earth does it do with her?